Canadian Coast Guard’s First Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OSFV), CCGS Sir John Franklin, Commences Sea Trials

The Canadian Coast Guard’s first Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OSFV), CCGS Sir John Franklin (OSFV1), has commenced her sea trials, Seaspan Shipyards announced.

Seaspan said in a statement that the trials are now underway and the OFSV1 has surpassed its target speeds during trials.

This ship is named CCGS Sir John Franklin after Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin, an English Royal Navy officer and explorer of the Arctic. The ship was ordered in 2011 and construction began on the vessel at Seaspan Shipyards, in Vancouver, British Columbia in June 2015. The vessel was launched on Dec. 8, 2017.

In 2011, the Government of Canada competitively selected Seaspan to be its Non-Combat Shipbuilder as part of the NSS program. Under the NSS, Seaspan will build and deliver non-combat vessels at the company’s state-of-the-art facility in North Vancouver for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Canadian Navy. OFSV1 is the first large vessel to be designed, built and launched under the NSS.

Seaspan Shipyards is currently building three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard. The three vessels are intended to replace the aging fisheries research vessels, CCGS Teleost, CCGS W.E. Ricker and CCGS Alfred Needler.

The vessels have a length of 63.4 m (208 ft) and a displacement of 3,212 metric tons (3,161 long tons; 3,541 short tons).

These vessels will be the primary offshore fisheries science platforms for Fisheries and Oceans Canada and will be equipped to carry out science research missions. These research missions will serve an important role in monitoring the health of fish stocks, understanding the impacts of climate change, and supporting research that allows us to better understand our oceans.

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